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Notes from John Calipari’s Facebook chat



If you have some time to kill, you need to read all of the questions that were submitted to John Calipari during his Facebook Q&A. Only a small percentage of the submissions were answered, but some of the questions that were ignored were better than the ones he acknowledged. One woman commented with her address, asking Cal to mail her an autograph; another asked him to mail her a picture of the team. Then there’s the student asking for floor tickets to a game next season and one of the more random questions: What kind of cologne do you wear?

But for the sake of sharing quality information from the chat, here are some of the noteworthy things Coach Cal had to say to the fans:

Julius’ postseason assignment was to rebound and block, and pass if he started the offense.

When we came back after the Florida shellacking and tweaked the stuff on how we were going to play, which made us a totally different team and made it easier for the players. I was trying to get Andrew to think and play a little bit differently for his teammates, and he did. We got Julius to do less, which ended up being more. He was to score off Andrew’s assists, and if he were to start our offense, he would be a passer. Julius’ main focus was to rebound and block shots. From that point forward, he had nothing but double-doubles. From that point forward, it made everything for our team easier and our team took off.

Tyler Ulis is an alpha dog.

He’s also an alpha dog. His ability to create shots for his teammates yet still score is what we saw him. He’s got a competitive streak that I absolutely love. Anyone his size has to have one attribute: “I’m not going away.” And he doesn’t ever go away.

Alex Poythress needs to play the three next season.

The way he finished the season, rebounding, blocking shots, running the floor, defending, let’s build on that because he is a totally changed player. Now fall in love with the gym and get those skills where he can truly be an inside-outside player. We need him to be a 3/4, but really a 3. He sees the picture now and he will be chasing greatness.

He uses “LOL” and “humblebrag,” says Stephen Colbert is quick but he can keep up.

He was energized behind the scenes before we went on. He is in character when he does his show. That’s his character more than that’s him. He is so quick on his feet that only a quick-footed interviewee could stay up with him. LOL. Is that a humblebrag?

His favorite memory is MKG asking Darius Miller to start in 2012 SEC tourney.

In the book, my best memory is MKG approaching me 30 minutes before our SEC Tournament game asking Darius Miller to start in his place. It was the ultimate act of a servant leader. That act won us a national title even though we lost the game to Vanderbilt.

Two and Toodaloo is getting trademarked.

(To our friend Rene, creator of Succeed and Proceed): Let me say this, your suggestion about Succeed and Proceed was on point. What did you think about Colbert’s two-and-toodaloo? P.S. I’m trademarking both. LOL.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

8 Comments for Notes from John Calipari’s Facebook chat

  1. CrazyCatFan
    3:53 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink


  2. Rei
    3:55 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

    The Colbert interview was the only one I’d watched on TV since I’m not up early enough to see Squawk Box and I think Bill O’Reilly is a tool. Cal seemed a bit nervous at first but loosened up really quickly and the last bit of banter was pretty funny. I’d say only a small handful of coaches could be that witty that fast.

  3. Troy
    4:35 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

    Two and I’m through

    Or, in the case of Wiggins and Parker

    -fail and bail

    • Losers
      5:52 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      hahaha …. exactly!!!

    • Moral Victories
      6:05 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      UK was out of the top 25 by March and all of their players draft stock dropped. Losing to UCONN was the high point of the Cats season.

    • CatFan
      8:38 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      Self should trademark fail and bail, classic.

    • FatCan
      10:01 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      Kansas will have 2 freshman drafted before any Kentucky player from “The Greatest Recruiting Class In The History of the World.” Maybe Self should trademark that.

    6:59 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

    “I never worry about someone I’ve never met. I never worry about the fans of the programs that I compete against because my hope is none of them are happy.” – John Calipari 2014

    He is the absolute man, anyone that says different is from one of those other teams lol.